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What Do You See? Photo of the Week -Page 2 ws Pa per. Ne Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com was awarded a couple of third place honors. One Having been an apprentice himself, Bill is com-was in the Professional Division – Permanent mitted to education and apprenticeship programs Wedding Category, and the other was in the and works closely with Lake Michigan College Professional Division – Sympathy Category. to improve and update the curriculum. He is also She is the only florist in the entire region certi-the founder of the Berrien Tooling Coalition. fied by the American Institute of Floral I’d like to thank Bill’s right-hand man, Corey Designers. You’ll find Crystal Springs at 1475 Carolla for letting me know that the company is Pipestone Road. Congratulations all around to celebrating its 30-year anniversary this month. the entire team! How’s this for irony, whether planned or You can reach them at 925-2044. provides Congratulations Imperial Furniture an old fashioned way of business operation called otherwise – a new to the entire doing cast and crew at Mach Mold! Here’s business where furniture shopping is fun! to many more years of success in the world of Valentine Repair Service Center has opened up shop on Sweet Street in Benton Harbor. How business. Like Bill Mach’s recognition, another local can you not love that twist of fate? Winfred business enterprise drawing the admiration of “Kenny” Valentine and his wife Sandra have peers within their industry is Crystal Springs taken over the space formerly housing Don Florist of Benton Harbor. In ceremonies con-Closson & Sons Truck Service Center. The ducted recently at the Amway Grand Plaza operation at 1819 Sweet Street just off of Hotel in Grand Rapids, the long-time floral Crystal Avenue houses Valentine Repair Service, retailer was awarded the Michigan Floral where they are servicing tractor/trailer rigs, Association’s 2011 Retailer of the Year honor automobiles, pick-up & light duty trucks, during the Great Lakes Floral Expo. The flo-boat motors, motorcycles and hydraulics. rist has been a staple on the local business scene They also service RV’s and buses, and provide for more than 64 years now, owned and operated welding services. The Valentine crew is ready by the Siegert family. The greenhouses and with 24-hour emergency road service whenever floral shop have been at the same location since necessary, and maintains regular shop hours of 1947, when it was founded by Guenther & 8am to 5pm Monday through Saturday. They Mary Siegert and Gerhard Siegert. The cur-have new and used tires in stock, and their staff rent owners are Dennis & Iris Siegert. Their is fluent in Spanish. You can reach them by son, Russell and his wife Lisa are retail man-phone at 926-7000. Welcome, Valentine Repair ager and office manager, respectively. The Service Center! Best of luck in your new ven-award is a significant one, inasmuch as there are ture. Now that we’ve all been treated to a world-more than 500 florists, wholesalers Offering in stock or growers special and order unique, hard to find furniture and class video showcasing the Golf Club at Harbor across the state who are members of the associa-home accessories. Traditional to contemporary ... rustic to cottage; tion, which is a trade organization representing Shores as a lead in to the third round coverage of their industry. At the same banquet in Grand this year’s Masters . Championship , there will Rapids, Crystal Springs’ designer Loma Fowler undoubtedly be a spike in interest at the Jack April 16, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 16 Nicklaus Signature Course in Benton Harbor. It’s perfect timing for my friend Joen Brambilla and her crew in the clubhouse where they are encouraging pre-season purchases of an annual pass. Annual pass holders get substantial bene-fits including unlimited golf with cart, unlimited use of the practice facilities during the season, 21-day advanced reservations for tee times, three complimentary guest rounds, 10 additional guest rounds at $75-each, charging privileges, exclu-sive golf and social events, and preferred pricing on pro-shop merchandise. The club offers Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 T hirty years ago in a small shop in Riverside a young couple with a dream stepped into the world of business proudly putting their own name on the sign out front when they launched Mach Mold Incorporated . In just two short years they had outgrown their tiny shop and moved operations to a larger building on Milton Street in Benton Harbor . For the next fourteen years, as the list of satisfied cus-tomers grew, so did the size of the staff working for Bill & Vicki Mach . So much so that on June 9, 1997 they moved lock, stock and barrel into a new 28,000 square foot facility in the Urbandale Air Park on the periphery of Southwest Michigan Regional Airport . Bill actually began building molds in his garage in the mid-70’s ever since he graduated from Ferris State with a degree in Tool & Die. He completed his apprenticeship at Advanced Products in Benton Harbor in 1974. Now, more than a decade after moving to their new space, that plant at 360 Urbandale Avenue still looks bright and new. By making the move to the new building, Bill’s team increased their material handling capabili-ties by adding four 5-ton and two 10-ton cranes into the mix. The Mach Mold crew has a man-agement staff well versed in the molding side of the business as well as mold manufacturing. That gives them a leg up on the competition in constructing molds that will produce parts profit-ably. Whether completing production inside a time frame and budget that seems improbable or by producing a creative design that increases the potential for efficiency, the team at Mach Mold has a goal to meet or exceed your needs and expectations. For thirty years now, Mach Mold has been a custom builder of plastic molds , including thermoplastic injection molds, injec-tion thermoset and compression molds, and extrusion blow molds. They have a sales and engineering staff that works closely to insure each client gets the mold that successfully fills their requirements. The company provides prod-ucts for a host of industries including auto mak-ers, appliance manufacturers, and beyond. Bill & Vicki have grown the company into a premier mold manufacturing company. A couple of years ago he was named the American Mold Builders Association’s 2009 Mold Builder of the Year. M oody Pat Family owned for nearly 50 years , they have something perfect for your home Continued on page 9 Continued from page 9 The Women’s Service League of Berrien of the party, give a call to Chana Kniebes at original location in Harbor Country. The new County is gearing up for their annual “Great 468-4430. for yourself at Imperial Furniture and find Also out out in the Paw Paw Lake neighbor-at the Howard Ice Arena in St. shop affords the opportunity for a considerably Estate Sale” Joseph. That two-day affair is slated for hood, administrators at St. Joseph Catholic larger collection of surfboards and stand-up why customers say they are the paddle boards. The Grand Opening Party is Thursday, April 28 th from noon until 7pm and School in Watervliet are recruiting students for slated for Saturday, April 30 th , with Bing again on Friday, April 29 th from 8am until 5pm. next school year. Registration is underway for (800) 884-5020 Mon.-Fri. Wed. 9-8, Sat. 9-5 the 2011-2012 school year at the school at 188 help their 9-6, efforts by donating gently Surfboard’s shaper Matt Calvani flying in You • can used, high quality children’s clothing, Lucinda Lane in Watervliet. The school even from San Diego, bringing with him a brand new • Dowagiac, 57530 M-51 South MI furniture, • www.imperialfurniture.net 6’0 Bing Q4 that some lucky raffle ticket holder toys, sports equipment, baby items, women’s provides bus service to Coloma, Dowagiac and will win. They are also hosting the first ever accessories, household items and more. The Sister Lakes for an additional fee. For tuition rate information, please 3/30/11 contact the PM school at league is accepting drop offs at the Ice Arena Inserts Surf Art Exhibition MGM23-2011Rev3 Mailmax.indd 1 in the new store, featuring 8:39:18 & Promotions Captain Jack Flynn. There will also be other next Saturday from 3pm until 6:30pm and again 269-463-3941 at your convenience. We’ve Friendly talked about Markets it for several months raffle and door prizes…so get it on your calen-on Monday, April 25thh, from 9am until 5pm. Harding’s proceeds from Advertising, the sale benefit dar. The new shop is at 212 State Street in St. All of MailMax is a publication Far Ahead Inc. the Athena now, and then we both get busy on various proj-Super Markets ects and forget to sit down for the details, but I Program. Those scholarships are Martin’s Joe. 2202 Plaza Drive Scholarship Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Spring Break is now a mere memory for awarded to select graduating high school girls finally hooked up with St. Joseph Attorney Motors Jancha Sr. recently so that I could get the have demonstrated a commitment to volun-Paul Maxton school children and adults alike, but if there’s who Phone: 269.934.7522 through school, church or private youth final word on the expansion of his law firm any saving grace in that equation, we still have FAX: teerism 269.934.3297 Ace Hardware the Easter celebration to come, and a fun groups. If you have questions about the sale, you which now includes his son, Paul Jancha Jr. email: publisher@farahead.com moment for the younger set will help lead the can contact Rachel Arent at EVE Boutique in Paul Jr. was a Notre Dame undergraduate where vary among by ZipCode •www.facebook.com/eMailMax he Inserts played may football, other activities. After St. Joseph. way next Saturday www.MailMaxOnline.com when St. Joseph Today plays downtown If your business is a fan of Blues and the Golden Dome, Paul attended Michigan State host to the Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Lake Bluff Park in St. Joseph. While Easter baskets Barbecues, the folks at the North Berrien Law School and graduated with honors in May are permitted, parents will not be allowed to Community Development would like to talk to of 2009. He was admitted to the practice of law MOODY Come experience the difference Best Kept Secret in Southwest Michigan! POSTMASTER: Please deliver on April 16, 2011 ECRWSS Postal Customer

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Moody<br /> <br /> Thirty years ago in a small shop in Riverside a young couple with a dream stepped into the world of business proudly putting their own name on the sign out front when they launched Mach Mold Incorporated. In just two short years they had outgrown their tiny shop and moved operations to a larger building on Milton Street in Benton Harbor. For the next fourteen years, as the list of satisfied customers grew, so did the size of the staff working for Bill & Vicki Mach. So much so that on June 9, 1997 they moved lock, stock and barrel into a new 28,000 square foot facility in the Urbandale Air Park on the periphery of Southwest Michigan Regional Airport. Bill actually began building molds in his garage in the mid- 70’s ever since he graduated from Ferris State with a degree in Tool & Die. He completed his apprenticeship at Advanced Products in Benton Harbor in 1974. Now, more than a decade after moving to their new space, that plant at 360 Urbandale Avenue still looks bright and new. By making the move to the new building, Bill’s team increased their material handling capabilities by adding four 5-ton and two 10-ton cranes into the mix. The Mach Mold crew has a management staff well versed in the molding side of the business as well as mold manufacturing. That gives them a leg up on the competition in constructing molds that will produce parts profitably. Whether completing production inside a time frame and budget that seems improbable or by producing a creative design that increases the potential for efficiency, the team at Mach Mold has a goal to meet or exceed your needs and expectations. For thirty years now, Mach Mold has been a custom builder of plastic molds, including thermoplastic injection molds, injection thermoset and compression molds, and extrusion blow molds. They have a sales and engineering staff that works closely to insure each client gets the mold that successfully fills their requirements. The company provides products for a host of industries including auto makers, appliance manufacturers, and beyond. Bill & Vicki have grown the company into a premier mold manufacturing company. A couple of years ago he was named the American Mold Builders Association’s 2009 Mold Builder of the Year. Having been an apprentice himself, Bill is committed to education and apprenticeship programs and works closely with Lake Michigan College to improve and update the curriculum. He is also the founder of the Berrien Tooling Coalition. I’d like to thank Bill’s right-hand man, Corey Carolla for letting me know that the company is celebrating its 30-year anniversary this month. You can reach them at 925-2044. Congratulations to the entire cast and crew at Mach Mold! Here’s to many more years of success in the world of business.<br /> <br /> Like Bill Mach’s recognition, another local business enterprise drawing the admiration of peers within their industry is Crystal Springs Florist of Benton Harbor. In ceremonies conducted recently at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, the long-time floral retailer was awarded the Michigan Floral Association’s 2011 Retailer of the Year honor during the Great Lakes Floral Expo. The florist has been a staple on the local business scene for more than 64 years now, owned and operated by the Siegert family. The greenhouses and floral shop have been at the same location since 1947, when it was founded by Guenther & Mary Siegert and Gerhard Siegert. The current owners are Dennis & Iris Siegert. Their son, Russell and his wife Lisa are retail manager and office manager, respectively. The award is a significant one, inasmuch as there are more than 500 florists, growers and wholesalers across the state who are members of the association, which is a trade organization representing their industry. At the same banquet in Grand Rapids, Crystal Springs’ designer Loma Fowler was awarded a couple of third place honors. One was in the Professional Division – Permanent Wedding Category, and the other was in the Professional Division – Sympathy Category. She is the only florist in the entire region certified by the American Institute of Floral Designers. You’ll find Crystal Springs at 1475 Pipestone Road. Congratulations all around to the entire team!<br /> <br /> How’s this for irony, whether planned or otherwise – a new business operation called Valentine Repair Service Center has opened up shop on Sweet Street in Benton Harbor. How can you not love that twist of fate? Winfred “Kenny” Valentine and his wife Sandra have taken over the space formerly housing Don Closson & Sons Truck Service Center. The operation at 1819 Sweet Street just off of Crystal Avenue houses Valentine Repair Service, where they are servicing tractor/trailer rigs, automobiles, pick-up & light duty trucks, boat motors, motorcycles and hydraulics. They also service RV’s and buses, and provide welding services. The Valentine crew is ready with 24-hour emergency road service whenever necessary, and maintains regular shop hours of 8am to 5pm Monday through Saturday. They have new and used tires in stock, and their staff is fluent in Spanish. You can reach them by phone at 926-7000. Welcome, Valentine Repair Service Center! Best of luck in your new venture.<br /> <br /> Now that we’ve all been treated to a worldclass video showcasing the Golf Club at Harbor Shores as a lead in to the third round coverage of this year’s Masters Championship, there will undoubtedly be a spike in interest at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in Benton Harbor. It’s perfect timing for my friend Joen Brambilla and her crew in the clubhouse where they are encouraging pre-season purchases of an annual pass. Annual pass holders get substantial benefits including unlimited golf with cart, unlimited use of the practice facilities during the season, 21-day advanced reservations for tee times, three complimentary guest rounds, 10 additional guest rounds at $75-each, charging privileges, exclusive golf and social events, and preferred pricing on pro-shop merchandise. The club offers annual passes for singles, couples, families, corporate passes and young associates. If you’d like to learn more or sign up, call Joen today at 269- 927-GOLF (4653).<br /> <br /> From the humblest of beginnings in the tiny beachside town of New Buffalo six years ago, the squad at Third Coast Surf Shop is just two weeks away from the Grand Opening of their new store in the heart of downtown St. Joseph. Their new space was actually constructed back in 1880, and is considerably larger that their original location in Harbor Country. The new shop affords the opportunity for a considerably larger collection of surfboards and stand-up paddle boards. The Grand Opening Party is slated for Saturday, April 30th, with Bing Surfboard’s shaper Matt Calvani flying in from San Diego, bringing with him a brand new 6’0 Bing Q4 that some lucky raffle ticket holder will win. They are also hosting the first ever Surf Art Exhibition in the new store, featuring Captain Jack Flynn. There will also be other raffle and door prizes…so get it on your calendar. The new shop is at 212 State Street in St. Joe.<br /> <br /> Spring Break is now a mere memory for school children and adults alike, but if there’s any saving grace in that equation, we still have the Easter celebration to come, and a fun moment for the younger set will help lead the way next Saturday when St. Joseph Today plays host to the Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Lake Bluff Park in St. Joseph. While Easter baskets are permitted, parents will not be allowed to assist their children in this classic event overlooking Lake Michigan. As has become tradition, the Easter Bunny will be the star of the show, along with some 5,000 “hidden” eggs. Age specific brackets at least make an attempt to keep younger children from being overrun or trampled by older kids. Age brackets are 2 to 3, 4 to 6, 7 to 8, and 9 to 10 year olds. Immediately following the egg hunt, Kilwin’s will continue their generous tradition of free ice cream to the first 300 children. The hunt begins at 11:30am sharp. Good luck!<br /> <br /> The Women’s Service League of Berrien County is gearing up for their annual “Great Estate Sale” at the Howard Ice Arena in St. Joseph. That two-day affair is slated for Thursday, April 28th from noon until 7pm and again on Friday, April 29th from 8am until 5pm. You can help their efforts by donating gently used, high quality furniture, children’s clothing, toys, sports equipment, baby items, women’s accessories, household items and more. The league is accepting drop offs at the Ice Arena next Saturday from 3pm until 6:30pm and again on Monday, April 25thh, from 9am until 5pm. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Athena Scholarship Program. Those scholarships are awarded to select graduating high school girls who have demonstrated a commitment to volunteerism through school, church or private youth groups. If you have questions about the sale, you can contact Rachel Arent at EVE Boutique in downtown St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> If your business is a fan of Blues and Barbecues, the folks at the North Berrien Community Development would like to talk to you about a sponsorship opportunity in their upcoming first ever BBQ & Blues Festival in Baker Park in downtown Coloma. Three bands have been lined up for the big event, including The JR Clark Band, renowned for their high-energy brand of blues that gets the crowd going. Organizers are also hopeful of teeing up a little Rib Contest. They are currently seeking seed money from various local businesses and organizations in the community with an affinity for such an event. The festival is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 11th. If you’d like to learn more about how to be a part of the party, give a call to Chana Kniebes at 468-4430.<br /> <br /> Also out in the Paw Paw Lake neighborhood, administrators at St. Joseph Catholic School in Watervliet are recruiting students for next school year. Registration is underway for the 2011-2012 school year at the school at 188 Lucinda Lane in Watervliet. The school even provides bus service to Coloma, Dowagiac and Sister Lakes for an additional fee. For tuition rate information, please contact the school at 269-463-3941 at your convenience.<br /> <br /> We’ve talked about it for several months now, and then we both get busy on various projects and forget to sit down for the details, but I finally hooked up with St. Joseph Attorney Paul Jancha Sr. Recently so that I could get the final word on the expansion of his law firm which now includes his son, Paul Jancha Jr. Paul Jr. Was a Notre Dame undergraduate where he played football, among other activities. After the Golden Dome, Paul attended Michigan State Law School and graduated with honors in May of 2009. He was admitted to the practice of law before Judge John Donahue later that fall. Now that he has joined his father’s law firm, they are known as Jancha, Struwin & Jancha, with Attorney Jack Struwin as the third partner. Since joining the firm, Paul Jr.’s practice has focused on family law and criminal defense. Congratulations to father and son!<br /> <br /> Incidentally, the Jancha family made a sizable investment in the former Hennes Company Building in the heart of the St. Joseph central business district a number of years ago and pledged to keep the majority of the ground floor space as retail. They also made a substantial investment to make the building suitable for a first class day care center. Until its recent dissolution after 100 years of operation, the YWCA had operated State Street Daycare in that location. The facility is licensed for 80-children and comprises nearly 2,000 square feet on the ground floor and nearly 5,500 square feet on the second floor. When setting up for day care operations, Jancha installed an entirely new sprinkler system and exceptional security technology. Despite the demise of the Y, there is still a significant need for child care in the center of the city, and Jancha is eager to discuss options with interested organizations or individuals to operate there. The center is fully furnished and ready to go. If you are interested, you can see the center at 306 State Street downtown, or call Paul at 983-0109.<br /> <br /> From the e-Mailbag: Pat…I just wanted to say thanks on behalf of Dan and myself for the article in the MailMax. We had two people come in that day that just saw it and wanted to see what our store was like. This is just the kick start we need. We are really feeling positive about the season and looking forward to success. Thanks again. Char Krause, Office Manager, Johnson Pools & Service. My pleasure to help, Char. Congratulations on your start up…and I hope you have a great season!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week…and we’ll see you next week right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody <br /> Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org <br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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